What if I told you that nearly half of my clients are endurance athletes that share one common thread—they are all very strong. How did they get this way? By lifting weights! Because most endurance sports are very repetitive and require the use of the same muscle groups over and over again, strength training is a great way to keep your body in balance so as to avoid injury. Regardless of your fitness goals, weight training will give you a mental edge over your competition, even if the only one you’re competing with is the one in the mirror.
In the late 80s, I started competing in local 5Ks. Back then, the weight room was mostly reserved for football players and meatheads. I cannot begin to tell you how wrong this thinking was! Whether you are a runner, triathlete, cyclist, or just want to look good in a pair of skinny jeans — you need to be hitting the weight room regularly.
Now I’m not saying you need to be jacked, yoked, or able to do a 500 lb. deadlift — but being strong makes everything easier, regardless of your current athletic prowess or future fitness goals. Below are just a few of the benefits that weight training will bring to your life:
- Improves your posture.
- Makes you more efficient at your sport.
- Reduces your chance of injury while performing your sport.
- Builds confidence.
- Brings variety and fun to your workout.
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